Toronto school in lockdown, several others in hold-and-secure amid threat: school board

The Toronto District School Board says several schools were placed either in lockdown or hold and secure measures Monday while police investigate a threat.

All students are safe, the TDSB said in a tweet.

The board says Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute was placed in lockdown, while Jack Miner Senior Public School was placed in a hold and secure because of a separate threat, but with no known connection between the two.

Guildwood Junior Public School, Maplewood High School, Eastview Public School, Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School and Popular Road Junior Public School were also placed in hold and secure because of their proximity, the board said.

No other details were initially provided.

According to the TDSB’s website, a hold and secure is a response to a threat or incident in the general vicinity of a school, but not on or very near to school property. School life continues as normal inside, but outer doors to the building are locked and no one can enter or leave.

A lockdown is enacted, meanwhile, when there is a threat inside a school, or on or very near school properly. Outer doors are locked like in a hold and secure, but all students also have to kept in classrooms or other designated locations, and inner doors should also be locked when possible. Entry and exit from the building is restricted to emergency services.

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